Tenebrae Service at Cathedral

The Cathedral Choir under the direction of Mr. Thomas Niel will sing the office of Tenebrae on the evening of Palm Sunday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m. Tenebrae is an ancient monastic office normally sung by monks and nuns during the Holy Triduum. Like most monastic services, Tenebrae includes the singing of psalms and antiphons in Gregorian chant, as well as other choral pieces which reference the Passion of our Lord. A highlight of the service is the singing of the Lamentations of Jeremiah to an unusual and poignant tone which is very ancient. The service is also noted for the gradual extinguishing of lights in the church until only one candle, considered a symbol of our Lord, remains. By its light all depart in silence. During this service the organ remains completely silent. All of the music sung is “a cappella” or without accompaniment. This service is open to the public and offers a wonderful opportunity for prayer and contemplation during this most holy season. Rev. Chester Arceneaux, Pastor of the Cathedral, will officiate.